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J-1 Visa Renewal

View information about getting the J-1 visa and visa wait times.

In addition to preparing the documents listed in the below checklists, please review the I.S. guidance entitled Guidelines for Applying for a Non-immigrant Visa.

For current students, here is a list of the documents you will need for the J-1 visa renewal:

  • DS-2019 signed for travel. The signature is valid for one year from the date your DS-2019 is signed or until the program end date, whichever is shorter.
  • Official transcript from Montclair State University
  • Class schedule (you can get this from the Registrar’s Office) for the current semester or if you are applying over a break (summer or winter), your class schedule for the following semester
  • Documentation of financial support for your first year of study and proof of renewable funds for the following years.
  • Affidavit of support from each of your financial sponsors. If you are being supported by the government of your home country, you do not need an affidavit. If your support comes entirely from Montclair State (graduate assistantship, stipend, etc.), you do not need an affidavit.
  • Bills from the last year showing that you’ve paid your tuition
  • Proof of permanent residence in your home country
  • SEVIS fee receipt (if you can’t find your original one, you will need to reprint your SEVIS fee receipt using the button “Check I-901 Status / Print Payment Confirmation”)
  • Passport valid for six months into the future from the date you will return to the U.S. (unless the country from which your passport was issued is listed, in which case the country extends passport validity for an additional six months after the passport’s expiration date, so you may use your passport to enter the U.S. as long as it is unexpired)

If You Need to Renew Your J-1 Student Visa While on Academic Training:

Information about getting the J-1 visa is located and visa wait times.

In addition to preparing the documents listed in the below checklist, please review the I.S. guidance entitled Guidelines for Applying for a Non-immigrant Visa.

For students on Academic Training, here is a list of the documents you will need for the J-1 visa renewal:

  • DS-2019- Please make sure that your latest DS-2019 has your current employer’s name and address and has a travel signature that will be unexpired (less than one year old) when you return to the U.S.
  • Official transcript and copy of your diploma (certifies that you graduated; this document is recommended if you have received the diploma) from Montclair State
  • Documentation of whatever financial support (for instance, from your parents) you have outside your job and proof of renewable funds for the following years, if applicable.
  • Affidavit of support from each of your financial sponsors. If you are being supported by the government of your home country, you do not need an affidavit.
  • Proof of employment in the form of both an offer letter/employment verification letter (on company letterhead, signed by your supervisor or HR) and last two pay stubs from your company (if you have a paid position)
  • Proof of permanent residence in your home country